As Dynamos troop into Lafarge Stadium this afternoon for a cagey Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match with youthful Gunners, two key players will probably be donning the famous blue and white strip for the last time.
Reigning Castle Lager Soccer Star of the Year Washington Arubi and goal poacher Takesure Chinyama are joining the great trek down South.
Sources close to the developments hinted the trio could be available when DeMbare face Angolan side Interclube in the Caf Confederation Cup at Rufaro next Sunday.
But today is expected to be the last time they feature in the domestic premiership. Agents handling the players’ transfers confirmed that talks are at an advanced stage and the deals will be inked soon.
Coach Kalisto Pasuwa, who is fully aware of the departure of the trio, is expected to ring changes to his side as he prepares for life after Arubi, Mukamba and Chinyama.
Speaking on the sidelines of last week’s workout at Raylton Sports Club, Pasuwa said he had reshuffled his starters.
He attributed the two losses they suffered at the hands of Monomotapa and newboys Harare City to lapses in concentration by the defenders, whom he said had approached the matches with a negative attitude and conceded the same type of goals in the closing stages of both encounters.
But Pasuwa is optimistic that his troops will post a positive result to ease the pressure from die-hard DeMbare fans who are difficult to please especially when the team is going through a rough patch.
Former Gunners goalkeeper George Chigova is likely to be thrown into the deep end and face his former paymasters.
Pasuwa conceded that Chigova, who is being prepared for life after Arubi, would see action sooner than later starting with the Gunners’ game.
He reckoned that Chigova has good height and commands his defence with supreme authority.
In the absence of left-back Ocean Mushure, who continues to nurse his injury, Augustine Mbara will fill that void with roving David Kutyauripo operating from the right back while Guthrie Zhokinyu and Partson Jaure complement the defence line.
In the build up to the game, Pasuwa has been pysching up the players to approach the match with a positive attitude and not to allow complacency as the defending champions to creep in.
With another South African-bound midfielder Denver Mukamba missing in action after being shown the red card against Harare City, Pasuwa is likely to switch utility player Thomas Magorimbo to an attacking midfield role.
Devon Chafa will operate as the holding midfielder, getting support from Tichaona Mabvura who came in from the bench in the 1-0 loss midweek loss.
Pasuwa added that he would unleash a three-man attack with Chinyama, who started from the bench against Harare City, with support from Zambian Derrick Kabwe and Roderick Mutuma.
“In the event that Chinyama finally leaves, Kabwe has proved that he can fill Chinyama’s void.
“I have no doubt that he has got the credentials to deliver the goals, as he is strong in the air and has an eye for goal,” noted Pasuwa.
But Gunners will not be push-overs as their coach Thanks Tengwe has vowed to add more misery on Dynamos by inflicting on them the second straight defeat at Larfage today.
Tengwe is, however, not reading too much into DeMbare’s rough patch and warned his players to be on the lookout for the wounded Dynamos.
“It’s a tricky tie but I think we will rise to the occasion,’’ said Tengwe, a former player who was elevated following the unceremonious departure of George Madira recently.
Gunners will bank on rising goalkeeper Prosper Chigumba to stop the marauding Dynamos strikers.
Veteran Charles Mukuruva is expected to lead by example in stabilizing the ship alongside tearaway Cliff Sekete and rock-solid defender Pardon Chinungwa.
Gunners’ biggest name is however Leonard Fiyado. Warriors centre-back Jaure must watch out for him.
Fixtures: Gunners v Dynamos (Larfage), CAPS United v Buffaloes (NSS), Quelaton v Hardbody (Luveve), Shabanie Mine v Monomotapa (Maglas), Blue Rangers v FC Platinum (Gwanzura).